The Shi’a and the Origin of Black People: Blatant Racism

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes so that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Qur’an 49:13)

“Moreover, of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your languages and your colors. Indeed in that are signs for those of knowledge.” (Qur’an 30:22)

There is nothing in the Qur’an that even remotely suggest that human diversity is in any way shape or form connected to some type of punishment, sin or curse. However, our Shi’i brothers have come along with some very bizarre assertions.


The source for this before they remove it is:

There is for all to see in broad daylight. This is related by way of their 10th Imam Ali Ibn Mohammed Al-Hadi (Al Naqi)

By authentic traditions, it is related from ‘Abd al-‘Azim that Imam ‘Ali al-Naqi said that Nuh lived for two thousand five hundred years. One day while he was sleeping on the Ark, a strong wind blew and uncovered him. Ham and Yafith saw this and started laughing. Sam scolded them and covered Nuh. Nuh woke up and saw the two of them laughing and inquired the reason for that. Sam narrated what had happened. Nuh raised his hands towards the heavens and said, “O God, change the seed of Ham and al-Yasa‘ so that they beget dark-skinned children.” Nuh told them: “God has made your children the slaves of the children of Sam because he did good to me. You both are disinherited and your disinheritance will manifest itself in your children and the signs of notoriety will remain distinguishable in the progeny of Sam until the time the world will last. Therefore, all dark-skinned people are children of Ham and all the Turks, Saqaleyeh, Gog and Magog are the descendants of Yafith.”

Apart from this, those who are reddish and fair, are the children of Sam.”

So you can imagine with the Shi’i making a fuss about the Hadith of the Ark and supposedly all the vile people were wiped out in a flood and only the pure and the righteous were taken on the Ark of Noah (a.s), that eventually some people began to inquire about the variations in phenotypes, colours and complexions of human beings.

Of course there are obvious theological questions that come from this. All of the Ahl Bayt of Noah (a.s) on the ark would have to be righteous and pure. This makes logical sense. I mean if Allah (swt) is going to go to the lengths of wiping out the whole of humanity for their evil and sins you certainly wouldn’t want any evil people hitching a ride on the Ark.

For example:

“So it sailed with them through waves like mountains, and NOAH CALLED TO HIS SON who was apart , “O MY SON, come aboard with us and be not with the disbelievers. But he said, “I will take refuge on a mountain to protect me from the water.” Noah said, “There is no protector today from the decree of Allah, except for whom Allah gives mercy.” And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned.” (Qur’an 11:42-43)

So it is not going to make any sense to say that those who went on Ahl Bayt of Noah (a.s) on the ark are those who are not pure, those with treachery in their hearts. However, are Shi’i brothers go and make a big mess of things concerning this Hadith of the Ark.


So naturally there might be curious people who would inquire about the variations of phenotypes, pigmentation, and colours of human beings.

So this ‘infallible‘ Imam Ali Ibn Mohammed Al-Hadi (Al Naqi) went into the kitchen and started to cook up something for the curious. He added carrots, and cumin and ginger, and he added the black, and the brown, and he threw everything in there except for the “reddish, the fair skinned“. Of course because he was from among them.

So let’s look at this. Noah (a.s) apparently has a part of his body uncovered by the wind. Who handles the wind blowing? Is it not Allah (swt)?

” Nuh raised his hands towards the heavens and said, “O God, change the seed of Ham and al-Yasa‘ so that they beget dark-skinned children.”

So what are dark skinned people supposed to think of their complexion? That it is the result of the majesty and glory of Allah (swt) or that it is the result of sin? What makes this even more riveting is that when you take into account that Noah (a.s) is considered the third prophet after Adam (a.s). This means that the original humans were ‘the fair skinned‘.


This beautiful little girl is the creation of Allah (swt). She is beautiful. Black is beautiful and it is only the hearts that are corrupt.

“God has made your children the slaves of the children of Sam because he did good to me.”

You have to ask yourself what did the children do? Is this the concept of justice the Shi’i uphold? Is this what we can expect from Imam Mahdi?

We know where the Shi’i imams got this nonsense from.

They got it from:

“Also, Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his brothers outside. But Shem and Japeth took a garment, and laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.” (Genesis 9:22-23).

The Shi’i imams give their own twist to this.

The problem, of course, is that the Shi’i tell us that Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ibn Babawayh al-Qummi or Shaykh As Saduq quote this as evidence to explain why blacks are black.

Al-Majlisi authenticated it!

Some real gems among the Shi’i narrators.

Narration 1) Ali bin Ibrahim, from Haroon bin Muslim, from Mas’adah bin Ziyad, from Abu Abdullah from Amirul-Mu’mineen Ali who said:

“Beware of marrying the Negroes (Zunj) for they are an ugly creation.”

Source: [Al-Kafi, fil Furoo’: Book of Nikah, Chapter: Whom Are Disliked for Marriage, Narration 1. ]


Here is an open challenge to any 12er Shi’i reading this, 12er. Bring for us one piece of evidence of any of the hadith maters who critiqued this narration based upon the Matn alone.

Never mind the chain of narrators. Why wouldn’t the text alone be enough to call into account its veracity?

Narration 2) Ali bin Ibrahim, from Ismael bin Muhammad al-Makki, from Ali bin al-Husain, from ‘Amr bin Othman, from al-Husain bin Khalid, from whom he mentioned from Abu Ar-Rabi’ al-Shami from Imam Abu Abdullah who said:

“Do not [even] buy anyone who is a Negro…never marry anyone of the Kurdish (people) for they are part of the Jinn (demons)…”

Source: (Al-Kafi, fil Furoo’: Book of Nikah, Chapter: Whom Are Disliked for Marriage, Narration 2)

Narration 3) (Narrated) Several of our fellows from Sahl bin Ziyad, from Musa bin Ja’far, from ‘Amr bin Sa’eed, from Muhammad bin Abdillah al-Hashimi, from Ahmad bin Yousuf, from Ali bin Dawood al-Haddaad said: Imam Abu Abdullah [as] said:

“Marry not from the Negroes (Zanj) nor the Khazar, for they have near relatives who are unfaithful.”

Source: (Al-Kafi, fil Furoo’: Book of Nikah, Chapter: Whom Are Disliked for Marriage, Narration 3)


“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes so that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Qur’an 49:13)

We are regarded in the sight of Allah (swt) based upon our righteousness and nothing else. If Allah (swt) bestows favours upon any of us more than others, it is simply a mercy and a blessing from Allah (swt). It is also a trial if we are not grateful.

Allah (swt) loves all of His creation. In fact when describing the process of creating humanity Allah (swt) chose to tell us that it from altered ‘black mud‘.

We also know that it is the characteristic of the most vile of creations, Iblis, that insist that he would not regard a creation made from altered black mud.

He said, “Never would I prostrate to a human whom You created out of clay from an altered black mud.” (Qur’an 15:33)May Allah (swt) increase us all in love for one another. May Allah (swt) cause us to appreciate the beauty in the diversity of His creation. May Allah (swt) guide us to what is beloved to Allah (swt).


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5 responses to “The Shi’a and the Origin of Black People: Blatant Racism

  1. rada

    Asalaamu Aleikum, I find it interesting that the Sunnis curse the shia when some Sunni scholars from Saudi Arabia and northern Africa (other areas of the mid. east) also have adopted the Christian/Jewish belief that black people are somehow cursed. There are no authentic narrations that speak of the race of Habil and Qabil and there are no authentic hadiths that state that black people are cursed… not only does the belief that black people are cursed people originate from the Jewish belief of the concept of the curse of Noah, it also is a part of Christian ideology that children are to answer for the sins of their parents. And on top of this, its completely blasphemous as a Muslim to believe that somehow there are children who need to answer for the sins of their parents. It is even a Christian belief that children (babies!) have to capacity to sin… authobillah. It’s just laughable that the “saved sect” will call out the Shias for their racist narrations but have scholars who purport the same concepts of ethnocentrism. Wasn’t Ibn Taymiyyah an ethnic- centrist? Is it not haraam to believe that a race is somehow “saved” because of their race (a Jewish belief)/ a race of people is inherently better than others? Any who, it’s more evident that the Ibadhi school is the upmost correct school. Wouldn’t believing that black people are cursed also fall under the lines of kufr? as Black people are humans and humans are the creation of Allah… Authobillah. Anywho, this post was great, may Allah bless you and keep you safe, Ameen.

    • walakum salaam wr wb dear respected rada. Absolutely.
      And what we see from these 12er Shi’i sources are horrendous.

      You will see disdain for black people from many of them. The proof is in the pudding as they say.

      If someone does not want to give their daughter’s hand in marriage because they think that person is deficient in the religion, or is not stable (either mentally or financially) fair enough.

      But to access someone as unsuitable due to the amount of melanin they have is absolutely unacceptable.

      Yes, the “Ahl Sunnah” have it as well.

      Race Relations

      This section of Prima-Qur’an is filled with those comments. Even revealing from the book “The Broken Chain” By brother Aftab Malik is the promotion of hierarchy among human beings.

      Now please do not get me wrong. I think egalitarianism is mistaken, so is the idea that everyone is the same. We certainly do have different strengths, aptitudes etc.

      However, to make as a blanket statement that the Arabs are superior to Non Arabs is not something supported by the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

      This school, the school of Ahl Haqq Wal Istiqamah, is growing in Ghana, and other places of West Africa.

      There are many curious Shi’i and Sunni who are now looking into the school, wal hamdulillah.

      In East Africa the school is seeing a revival in places it was thought was dormant.

      The first sin in Islam is pride of one’s origin (to the point you think you are inherently superior to another)
      “Adam is made from clay and I am from a smokeless fire.”

      “Anywho, this post was great, may Allah bless you and keep you safe, Ameen.”

      Ameen wa ‘ajmaeen. May Allah (swt) bless you, and bless us all and keep us all safe. Fi aman Allah.

  2. MintRdAbdullah

    Coming back to this, I recently had a conversation on twitter in which someone used racist hadiths as a way to scare black people from learning about Islam, I know that ibadiyah sometimes use hadiths from sahih bukhari and sahih Muslim, how would these hadiths be viewed in the school of ibadiyah? I personally don’t pay attention to or view hadiths that go against the Quran as valid as many hadiths have been proven to be fabricated. We know that Islam is for all of mankind and all times, so to me these hadiths are fake considering the black Muslim figures who existed during the time of the Prophet Pbuh and Sayyidna Luqman; the Quran preaches justice and fairness, and that we are all equal (the only thing making us better is our Taqwa and righteous deeds). Do the Ibadiyah have racist hadiths in our compilation?

    Hadith referenced: Chapter: A black woman (in a dream)Book 91, Hadith 53
    The Prophet may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon said, “I saw (in a dream) a jet black woman with unkempt hair going out of Medina and settling at Mahai’a. I interpreted that as a symbol of an epidemic of Medina spreading to it.

    • Bismillah,

      Noble sister give no account to these people or anything they say to create discord and hate. Allah (swt) is the rabb of all mankind. He made us nations and tribes so that we may know each other.

      The only way any of us are superior to the other in the eyes of Allah (swt) is by our humility, our humbleness, our taqwa.

      Not by how much or how little melanin we have.

      It is sufficient that the most sacred object in Islam is called Hajar Al Aswad (The Black Stone) that the call to prayer, the most beautiful call that is a call to humanity said from minarets all over the world was first through the voice of the noble Sahabah Bilal (whom as you know was a freed slave of Abyssinia).

      We should take pride in being the creation of Allah (swt). One can be proud of one’s race, ethnicity, tribe or heritage but not to the point to where you think you are superior to another race, ethnicity, tribe or lineage.

      We do not have racist hadiths in our compilations or anything that disparages any one’s lineage or heritage.

      Bukhari also has the following hadith:

      “Volume 9, Book 89, Number 256:
      Narrated Anas bin Malik:

      Allah’s Apostle said, “You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian slave whose head looks like a raisin.”

      So maybe the emphasis on raisin is as you know people all through Africa could have varying complexions.

      Allah (swt) has refuted racisms and tribalism in very clear verses.

      This article refutes some of the views based upon the ideas that Arabs are superior to others.

      This view is absolutely Alien to the Ibadi school.

      May Allah bless you noble sister, bless your Ramadan and do not give of your precious time to those who connect family trees but be among the people who wish to connect hearts!

      • MintRdAbdullah

        JazakAllah Khair. The comments really did bother me as I hate seeing false accusations against the beautiful religion of Islam.
        May Allah bless you and have a blessed Ramadan.

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